Pamunkey Indian Reservation

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Pamunkey Indian Reservation, Virginia
Indian reservation
Replica cabin near the reservation entrance
Replica cabin near the reservation entrance
Official seal of Pamunkey Indian Reservation, Virginia
Pamunkey is located in Virginia
Pamunkey is located in the US
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 37°34′29″N 77°0′5″W / 37.57472°N 77.00139°W / 37.57472; -77.00139Coordinates: 37°34′29″N 77°0′5″W / 37.57472°N 77.00139°W / 37.57472; -77.00139
Country United States
State Virginia
County King William
Established 1658
 • Chief Robert Gray [1]
 • Total 1.9 sq mi (4.8 km2)
 • Land 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 80
 • Density 42.1/sq mi (16.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 23806
Area code(s) 804
Pamunkey Indian Reservation Archaeological District
Pamunkey Indian Reservation is located in Virginia
Pamunkey Indian Reservation
Pamunkey Indian Reservation is located in the US
Pamunkey Indian Reservation
Nearest city Lanesville, Virginia
Area 1,700 acres (690 ha)
NRHP Reference # 82004567[2]
Added to NRHP September 16, 1982
Theodora Octavia Dennis Cook, Pamunkey Powhatan, ca. 1864-ca. 1935. Mrs. Cook is wearing a traditional turkey feather neck ornament, now in the collections of NMAI.[3]

The Pamunkey Indian Reservation is a Native American reservation located in King William, Virginia, United States. The reservation lies along the Pamunkey River in King William County, Virginia on the Middle Peninsula. The Pamunkey Reservation contains approximately 1,200 acres (4.8 km²) of land, 500 acres (2 km²) of which is wetlands with numerous creeks. Thirty-four families reside on the reservation and many Tribal members live in nearby Richmond, Newport News, and other parts of Virginia.


The reservation was confirmed to the Pamunkey tribe as early as 1658 by the Governor, the Council, and the General Assembly of Virginia. The treaty of 1677 between the King of England, acting through the Governor of Virginia, and several Native American tribes including the Pamunkey is the most important existing document describing Virginia's relationship towards Indian land. A burial mound, reported to contain the remains of Chief Powhatan, Father of Pocahontas (real name Matoaka), is also located on this Reservation next to railroad tracks. His brother Opechancanough relocated his remains here. He is also buried here.


  • Virginia's First People: Past and Present,
  1. ^ "Contact". Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Anonymous (23 November 2009). "Telling the Story: Illuminating Native Heritage through Photography". Retrieved 22 September 2016. 

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